Eric Birnberg, LL.B has been executive producing a variety of film and television projects, both independently and through High Park Entertainment Inc., for almost 15 years. Recent projects include the Canadian animated family television movie “Pirate’s Passage” for Netflix & CBC (written and produced by Donald Sutherland and Brad Peyton, and starring Donald Sutherland), and the feature film thriller “Nightrunners” (shot on Rusinga Island in rural Kenya), premiering at the Zanzibar International Film Festival. Other select credits include the Canadian animated primetime television series “Bob and Doug” for Shaw/Global, and the sci-fi/erotica television series “Forbidden Science” for HBO/Cinemax, TMN and Movie Central.
Complementing his producing activities, Eric is a partner in the Toronto-based media, entertainment, technology and telecommunications law firm, Lewis Birnberg Hanet, LLP, providing services to an array of clients from Canadian television series hosts to Canadian and international production and distribution companies, and broadcasters. A corporate lawyer by trade, Eric spent eight years in-house with Alliance Atlantis, Canada’s then-largest integrated filmed entertainment company, in senior management positions including Sr. VP, Business & Legal Affairs for the Television Group, and General Counsel to the entire Alliance Atlantis organization. Earlier in his career, Eric was Legal Counsel at Canada’s preeminent pay television network, The Movie Network. In such roles, Eric has performed a variety of business and legal roles on many other films, television and digital media projects for more than 25 years.
In 2002, Eric co-founded and remains a partner at the Toronto-based company Behind the Scenes Services Inc., which both manages all business and legal affairs on several film, television and digital media projects annually, and handles specialized business administration services, for several small and large Canadian production houses. Later, he co-founded the production service company Front and Centre Productions Inc., the Toronto based production house for several US network television movies, and one US feature film.
Eric is a founding partner of Digital Howard, a 360° digital media company that recently won the 2017 Canadian Screen Award for Best Cross-Platform Project – Fiction for “Wynonna Earp Interactive”, and a shareholder in other startup ventures. He was a founding partner in BITE-TV, a Canadian digital broadcaster that won an International Emmy in 2007 for Best Interactive Channel.